Anaconda High students win Montana High School Business Challenge


Two students from Anaconda High School will be a little heavier in the pocket when college rolls around.

Garrett Shelton and Joe Freze, both juniors at AHS, beat out a collection of high schools throughout Montana in an eight-week simulation sponsored by the Montana Chamber of Commerce.

According to the press release, The Montana High School Business Challenge was a competition where teams dealt with an unstable stock market, human resource issues, and hiring of a new production manager.  Teams are tasked with managing a plant that produces digital music players.  Each week, they analyze cash flow and determine the number of employees needed, production and advertising costs, and conduct market research.  Teams are ranked at the end of the competition by the final stock price of the simulated business they manage in a competitive market place against other schools in the semester-long program.

At the end of the simulation, Shelton and Freze were triumphant. Their final stock price was $120.95/share, 75 cents more per share than Heritage Christian School in second place.

For winning, first place team members receive a $1,000 scholarship each.

The Montana Chamber Foundation, with support from individuals, businesses and foundations, offers the business education competition to any school in Montana interested in bringing their students a real-life simulation that teaches business operations and management.  Since the start of the Challenge in 2002, teams from 138 schools have participated.

For the entire release, follow the link below.